Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the name and year of a Davis player who made a 3-pointer. The Standard-Examiner regrets the error.
On the first day of March, Davis and American Fork experienced the madness.
The 6A boys basketball state semifinal game saw countless lead changes, emotional highs and lows and questionable foul calls. When the dust settled, the Darts dropped an 82–80 triple-overtime heartbreaker to end their season Friday evening at the Dee Events Center.
“It was a great game,” Davis head coach Chad Sims said. “Give American Fork credit, they made a lot of plays with guys on the bench. I can’t be more proud of the senior class we have and they left it all on the court.
Holding for the last shot, the Cavemen came through when senior forward Tanner Cuff converted on a tough layup with 1.2 seconds left to break an 80-80 tie.
Davis senior guard Tyson Garff had his last-second 3-point attempt blocked and American Fork was on its way to a matchup with Pleasant Grove on Saturday for the 6A championship trophy.
American Fork (23–3) rallied to take the lead late in the fourth quarter thanks to senior center Isaac Johnson scoring 15 points in a row. The Darts (18–8) tied it with three seconds left on a corner 3 by junior guard Trevan Leonhardt, which sent a massive Davis student section into bedlam.
In the first overtime, it appeared Davis had the game won when senior forward Sam Arrington made a free throw with 1.4 seconds left. However, the Darts committed a foul at the other end and Cuff hit one of two to send the contest to a second overtime.
“There were a couple times I thought we had it won,” Sims said. “It was a tough basketball game. Our kids gave everything they had. We just kind of ran out of time.”
Neither team could get over the hump in the second overtime, and the game was tied at 80 with 30 seconds left in the third overtime after a layup by Garff. This set up the heroics of Cuff, who finished with 25 points.
Davis fell behind 8–0 in the opening minutes but fought back, taking the lead and eventually trailing 32–31 at halftime. Leonhardt and Garff combined for 19 points to key the run.
Garff and Leonhardt led the Darts in scoring with 20 and 17 points, respectively.